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Jasmine Maki, Forum News Service, Published March 30 2014

Review: Close-up turns daily selfies into time-lapse video

We all love taking selfies, and the genius creators of Close-Up, Daily Selfies have taken advantage of our obsession. Their free app encourages its users to take daily selfies. In fact, it even reminds them to take selfies every day.

The app allows users to document their day-to-day lives through timed and dated selfies. Then, it puts those photos together in a time-lapse video to show users how they’ve changed and aged over the days.

Users simply press the camera button and snap a photo. After the user takes his first photo, the app will show a transparency of the previous photo, so the user can align his facial features for consistent photos.

Once they’ve taken multiple selfies, users can click play and choose how fast they’d like the video to flip through their photos. Videos can be saved to the camera roll or emailed to a friend.

Close-Up’s design is very minimalistic and easy to use. From the home screen, users can select play, camera or settings. The app is specifically designed for selfies and only uses the front-facing camera. In settings, users can schedule a daily reminder to take a selfie. They can also link the app to their Dropbox account or automatically save new photos to their phone.

And, that’s it.

Close-Up is simple, yet genius. Whether or not you love taking selfies, it’s worth the download to effortlessly create a neat time-lapse video.

Maki covers arts and entertainment and life and style for the Grand Forks Herald. Call her at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122, or send email to jmaki@gfherald.com.